Aviation SMS Practical Safety Auditing & Setting Performance Indicators (Recurrent)

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Brochure ButtonAviation is an incredibly complex business environment. Demands placed on the organization and individuals to deliver are often considerable and place a burden on key individuals.

On a daily basis, Operators and Managers make decisions in real time, weighing the probability and severity of any adverse consequences implied by the risk against the expected gain of taking the risk. (This process is known as risk management.” - ICAO)

We accept that absolute safety is generally an unachievable and very expensive goal, therefore the concept of acceptable safety has been adopted in aviation. The term “acceptable risk” describes an event with a probability of occurrence and consequences acceptable to the society

Managing Risks in Aviation

“The risks and costs in commercial aviation necessitate a rational process for decision-making.”

The term Acceptable Level of Safety (ALoS) defines an aviation service provider’s minimum level of acceptable risk for a given safety issue. “Acceptable” describes the need for no further mitigatory actions on the part of the service provider for the safety concern in question.

Safety performance indicators (SPI’s) should meet quality criteria to assure they are quantifiable, representative to safety performance, comprehendible and can be cost-efficiently used. Developed safety performance indicators should be related to the main operational safety issues.

“You cannot manage what you cannot measure.”

The concept of an acceptable level of safety is expressed by two specific metrics, namely safety performance targets and safety performance indicators.

This recurrent course details the process by which we can perform an effective audit of our Safety Management System and to develop meaningful Safety Performance Indicators.


Accountable Managers, Directors, Managers, Safety System Stakeholders. Competent Authority Regulators and Inspectors, Operations Directors, Managers, Supervisors. Quality and Safety Managers and Auditors.


a) Gain a detailed awareness of the philosophy of Safety System Auditing
b) Be able to fully engage with the assessment of Acceptable Level of Safety
c) Be able to develop Safety Performance Indicators to generate data for managing an effective SMS
d) Understand Roles and Responsibilities related to the Effective Risk Management of your SMS
e) Be able to acquire and manage Data within the Organisational Environment


General Introduction
Definitions and Abbreviations
Sharing our SMS Understandings
The Difference between Safety Assurance and Quality Assurance
Quality Auditing of Safety Management Systems (Compliance Auditing of Performance System)
Practical Safety Auditing Techniques
Techniques for Advanced Safety Auditing - DATA Driven
Understanding the Nature of Risk in the Aviation System
Recognition and Ongoing Management of Threats
Safety Performance Targets (SPT), Alert Levels and Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs): The Performance-Based SMS
Considering Aviation Safety System Performance Indicators
Reviewing Safety Policies and Objectives within an Evidence Based Environment
How to Evaluate the Organization Data Capture and Data Analysis Processes


- Understand the Process of Managing SPI within your Organisation
- Understand the purpose and methodology of measuring performance within your SMS
- Be able to fully engage with all effective process for the implementation of a fully compliant SMS achieving an acceptable level of Safety


Course type: Presentation without voice over
Duration equivalent to 1-day classroom training
Category: Quality, Safety & Security
Price: 85 EUR


This course is part of the following programs:
EASA Part 145 Safety Management System Learning Path Diploma
Safety Management Systems for Flight Operations Safety Managers Learning Path Diploma
CAMO Safety Manager Special Package - Initial


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